Education Sessions

90-minute education sessions will be offered from Friday through Monday. Each session is 1.5 professional development hours (PDH). Unless otherwise noted, the instruction level of the education sessions will be Intermediate to Advanced, appropriate for an experienced, professional audience. All sessions take place at Lakeside Center at McCormick Place.  Programs and speakers are subject to change.

Sunday 10:30–12:00

Inside the LA Studio with Atelier Dreiseitl
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Combining contemporary art and ecological engineering with a social sensitivity, Atelier Dreiseitl Waterscapes has been pioneering innovative waterscapes and landscapes all over the world for more than 30 years. Many of their award-winning projects—which include works for the Chicago City Hall green rooftop garden, Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz; and the Beijing Airport—have been commended for design excellence for their successful integration of art, urban hydrology, sustainability, and landscape architecture within an urban context.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about how the current economy is affecting the profession
  • Understand how the profession of landscape architecture is changing and evolving
  • Learn how other firms are addressing these changes.

Featured speakers: Herbert Dreiseitl, International ASLA, Stefan Brueckmann, and Melissa Yip, Atelier Dreiseitl; Moderator: Gary R. Hilderbrand, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand Associates 

The Ecology and Culture of Water: Revisited
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Understanding the human relationship to the interaction of water with the geology, soils, topography, flora, and fauna unique to a place is a first step a culture can learn to live sustainably. This session will examine current problems associated with the human relationship to land and water, and will suggest that there are creative and economically crucial solutions to restore hydrological stability, effectively support bio-diversity, and positively affect climate change. 

Learning objectives:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the character of natural hydrological processes and problems associated with conventional site planning and stormwater engineering measures 
  • Explore a variety of innovative site-planning and integrated water-resource management techniques that combine artistic creativity with sound ecology and engineering
  • Examine case studies of emerging practice technologies for landscape architects in collaborative, multidisciplinary settings

Featured speakers: James M. Patchett, ASLA, LEED AP, and Gerould S. Wilhelm, Conservation Design Forum


The Great Soil Debate: Understanding Alternative Approaches to Soil Design
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Today, landscape architects are using highly specified soils that need to perform in intensive environments: for instance, high-use turf, passive turf, planting beds, steep slopes, and structural support. Yet there is no settled science in this field, and landscape architects approaching soil design face competing approaches of how to accomplish the task. This session will advocate for alternative design approaches, and give landscape architects tools to make educated and sustainable choices. 

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the tools landscape architects can use to select among alternative approaches to developing planting soils 
  • Learn the pros and cons of different technologies in different settings, particularly in the urban environment 
  • Learn to assess the science of soil design with a specific attention to the evidence of short- and long-term sustainability of each approach

Featured speakers: Nina Bassuk, Cornell University; Robert Pine, ASLA, Pine and Swallow Environmental; James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils; Chris Moyles, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand 


Case Study Update: Orange County Great Park
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Orange County Great Park is one of the largest public park projects in the history of the U.S. This session will give participants an update on the project’s recent progress, as well as cover the design competition and development of the project from master plan, schematic design, and early initiatives to a preview of the park. Presenters will discuss design principles, park geography, systems, and design standards, along with project organization.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the creation of wetlands, enhanced riparian habitat, and natural treatment systems that will help conserve and protect the area’s water supply while providing additional habitat opportunities for wildlife
  • Explore a broad planting palette that will be used to reflect the public’s interest in education, conservation, and recreation
  • Learn about a wildlife corridor that will provide dedicated open space for wildlife to migrate between the mountains and coastal regions of south Orange County.

Featured speakers: Kenneth W. Smith, ASLA, Ken Smith Landscape Architect and Workshop West; Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates


Olmsted's White City: Exploring Historic Jackson Park
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Jackson Park is a nationally significant landscape on the south side of Chicago, famed for its connections to Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham, and for serving as the site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This session will explore the history of the park, provide an opportunity to virtually experience the fair in the real-time reconstruction model of the exposition under development at UCLA, and discuss techniques for preserving this valuable historic resource. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the history of Jackson Park, including the various plans by Frederick Law Olmsted and development of the park for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition 
  • Experience the World’s Columbian Exposition through a virtual tour of and gain insight into Olmsted's design for Wooded Island, an important counterpoint to the classical buildings of the exposition 
  • Understand the complex issues related to preserving important historic landscapes and learn about significant landscape resources that have already received preservation treatments, as well as others in need of preservation 

Featured speakers: Julia Bachrach, Chicago Park District; Lisa M. Snyder, the Urban Simulation Team at UCLA

The Sustainable Sites Initiative Performance Benchmarks: An Integrated Approach
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is based on the principle that true sustainability not only minimizes environmental harm but also restores and enhances the health of the world around us. Opportunities exist to improve practices so ecosystem functions in built environments are maintained or regenerated. This session will present an in-depth look at the latest credits developed by the technical subcommittees and strategies for regional best practices that address ecological, material, and human health components.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the critical elements of the landscape, such as vegetation, soils, hydrology, and materials, that can enhance overall site sustainability 
  • Examine specific strategies and real project case studies that illustrate the ecological, materials, and human-health benchmarks—and evaluate these approaches 
  • Understand the Sustainable Sites Initiative as the standard for achieving sustainable landscapes through the development and implementation of clear and rigorous design

Featured speakers: Meg Calkins, ASLA, LEED AP, Ball State University; Christopher Martin, Arizona State University; Jerry Smith, ASLA, LEED AP, MSI; Frederick Steiner, FASLA, University of Texas at Austin; David Yocca, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Conservation Design Forum     

Nature + Urbanism
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Cities today produce 75 percent of the world's greenhouse gasses. Demographers predict we will build more cities in the next generation than in all of history to date. This session will explore how we can accommodate this unprecedented urban population growth while increasing the sustainability of our cities. New York City’s chief urban designer will lay out that city's response in the context of successful green urban strategies and projects from cities around the world. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the links between cities and global warming 
  • Understand climate-change adaptation strategies for buildings and cities 
  • Explore strategies for accommodating population growth while increasing urban sustainability

Featured speakers: Alexandros Washburn, AIA, Affiliate ASLA, Chief Urban Designer, City of New York


Urban Agriculture: New Models for Productive Urban Landscapes
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

The increasing urbanization of the world's population and the search for solutions to urban blight are driving a renewed interest in of urban farming and community gardening. This session will discuss key issues in urban agriculture with reference to specific current projects, such as the Viet Village Urban Farm in New Orleans, as well as explore the possibilities for other models of productive urban landscapes

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about current issues for productive landscape in urban settings 
  • Explore a series of contemporary case studies for urban farms, community gardens, etc. 
  • Learn about the relationship between project funding sources and design outcomes for these types of projects
Featured speakers: David Fletcher, Fletcher Studio Landscape Architecture + Urban Design; Amy Gavaris, ASLA, New York Restoration Project; Elizabeth Mossop, ASLA, Louisiana State University   


Economic Stimulus: Opportunities for Landscape Architects in a New Economy
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW

It took 30 days to pass one of this country’s most sweeping economic reforms—the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (HR 1), better known as the “economic stimulus plan. “ But just what is economic stimulus? More importantly, what does it really mean as far as business opportunities for the landscape architecture industry? This session will cover the major provisions of the economic stimulus plan and illustrate new business opportunities by leveraging energy legislation.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the major provisions of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
  • Learn how to create new business opportunities by leveraging energy legislation
  • Apply concepts/information in the development of an action-oriented plan

Featured speaker: Karen L. Compton, CPSM, A3K Consulting


CEO Roundtable: A Changing Profession in a
Changing World

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

Contemporary forces are causing landscape architecture firms to adopt new objectives, new organizational strategies, and new alliances to take advantage of a rapidly changing professional world. This session will present a discussion among leaders of firms working locally, nationally, and globally on projects of every scale and description. Panelists will offer their insights into the impact of the current economy and other issues affecting landscape architects.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn what trends are affecting Landscape Architecture and how to prepare to meet change.
  • Understand the strategies that leading firms are using to adapt to changing roles of landscape architects.
  • Learn what potential new markets and new forms of practice are emerging in response to domestic and international market forces

Featured speakers: Joseph Brown, ASLA, EDAW AECOM; William B. Callaway, FASLA, SWA Group; Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Martha Schwartz, ASLA, Martha Schwartz Inc.; Mark Johnson, FASLA, Civitas Inc.

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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